Project Leaders

Tracey Bretag March 2016 (93 of 97)Associate Professor Tracey Bretag (University of South Australia) is the Director of the newly established Office for Academic Integrity. Tracey has extensive experience in leading large, nationally funded projects. In 2014 she completed an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) funded project, Extending and embedding exemplary academic integrity policy across the higher education sector and previously led the Australian Learning and Teaching Council funded project, Academic integrity standards: Aligning policy and practice in Australian universities (2010-2012). Her secondary stream of research relates to the internationalisation of higher education, and in 2015 she led the OLT funded project, Ready for take-off: Preparing students for intercultural learning in Asia. Tracey is the founding Editor of the International Journal for Educational Integrity (published by Springer) former Chair of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Educational Integrity, and the President of the Executive Board to the International Center for Academic Integrity in the U.S. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Handbook of Academic Integrity (Springer, in press). Her most recent publications have included papers on academic integrity policy and practice, publication ethics, and issues of integrity for postgraduate research students.


rowena-harperDr Rowena Harper (University of South Australia)
 is the Head of Language and Literacy at UniSA, and President of the Association for Academic Language and Learning. She oversees UniSA’s ‘English language model’ (a university-wide approach to developing students’ academic and professional literacies and English language proficiency), and coordinates the University’s approach to Academic Integrity. She has taught and researched in the areas of transition and academic literacy for over 10 years, and has extensive knowledge of contemporary curricular and extra-curricular practices used to develop university students’ academic skills. She was an institutional leader on two OLT projects examining the embedding of research skill development into the curriculum (CG7-497 and ID11-1984), and is currently a reference group member for a project on evidencing English language practices in higher education (SP14-4612).

Project Manager

soniaMs Sonia Saddiqui (University of South Australia) is a PhD candidate at Macquarie University’s School of Education. She has extensive project management experience on OLT projects. She was the project manager of the recently concluded OLT funded project, ‘Ready for take-off: Preparing students for intercultural learning in Asia’ (led by Tracey Bretag) and prior to that managed the OLT Strategic Priority Project, ‘Academic Integrity in Australia – Understanding and Changing Culture and Practice’. Sonia is also the Secretary of the Asia-Pacific Forum for Educational Integrity and Chair of the Academic Integrity Ambassadors at Macquarie University.

Project Team Members

Cath-Ellis-smallAssociate Professor Cath Ellis (University of NSW) is the Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Australia. With a background in English Literature, Cath’s research interests now focus on teaching and learning, particularly in the area of eLearning, assessment and feedback, and most recently in assessment management, assessment analytics and academic integrity.


Dr Phil Newton Profile Pic 1 PhotexProfessor Phil Newton (Swansea University, UK)
is the Director of Learning and Teaching at Swansea University Medical School. One of his research interests is the identification of measures which can prevent, rather than detect academic misconduct. He has written numerous papers on the topic of contract cheating, provided a keynote address about contract cheating at the Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond Conference 2015, and recently co-authored a chapter for the Springer Handbook of Academic Integrity which addressed the use of paid third parties such as custom essay writers, freelancers and exam stand-ins.


Pearl HeadshotMs Pearl Rozenberg (University of Sydney)
has a background in law and science, and is the Sub-Dean (Academic Policy and Administration) at the University of Sydney Business School. Pearl has been admitted to practice law as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Law Society of Upper Canada and has worked for large multinational law firms. She has published books and numerous journal articles within her research areas as well as a series on research, teaching and citation of Internet resources. Pearl has particular expertise in teaching using technology. She has won a University of Sydney Teaching Excellence Award for the use of technology with teaching and has been invited to speak at teaching showcases and national and international conferences dealing with teaching and the Internet. Pearl has led the University of Sydney Business School’s academic integrity program since 2007 and in 2015 served as a member of the University of Sydney Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Working Party.


Ms Karen van Haeringen (Griffith University, Queensland)
drafted both Griffith University’s Institutional Framework for Promoting Academic Integrity Among Students and the Policy on Student Academic Misconduct, as well as guided the development of the Student Academic Integrity Management System (SAIMs) within the PeopleSoft Student System. Karen has over 20 years’ experience in managing and implementing evidence-based institution-wide policy projects often underpinned by the development of large Information Technology (IT) solutions. She was a project member of the OLT funded Exemplary Academic Integrity Project (2013-2014), and her work in academic integrity has recently extended to building a framework for developing professional integrity among Griffith University’s students. Karen brings to the project practical experience in the decision-making processes that guide the development and administration of policy.

Reference Group

Associate Professor Michael Burton (University of Western Australia), works in the area of quantitative approaches to valuing environmental resources. In 2015, Michael applied his statistical skills to co-authoring an innovative and influential paper with Australian and UK colleagues on the topic of contract cheating and the market in essays.


Professor Geoff Crisp (University of New South Wales)
is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (education) at UNSW. Geoff completed his PhD in Chemistry at the Australian National University and was an academic in chemistry for many years before moving to online education as the Director of the Centre for Learning and Professional Development at the University of Adelaide. Geoff has received Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowships in 2006 and 2009 and is a HERDSA and ASCILITE Fellow. He has published extensively in the areas of online assessment, academic integrity and professional development.


Professor Shane Dawson (University of South Australia)
is the Director of the Teaching Innovation Unit and Professor of learning analytics at the University of South Australia. Shane’s research focuses on the use of social network analysis and learner ICT interaction data to understand the learning process. He has led and participated in a number of OLT/ALTC funded projects, such as Student retention and learning analytics: a snapshot of current Australian practices and a framework for advancement; ‘Seeing’ networks: visualising and evaluating student learning networks; and Completing the loop: returning meaningful learning analytic data to teachers. Shane is a founding executive member of SoLAR (Society for Learning Analytics Research) and past conference and program chair of the International Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference.


Associate Professor Kathleen Gray (University of Melbourne)
holds a PhD in Science and Education from the University of Melbourne, where she is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Informatics. Her most recent teaching and learning development addresses national and international calls for more skilled professionals to work in the increasingly technologised health sector. Her previous work for over a decade addressed the integration of web and social media technologies more generally into higher education, with a focus on assessment of learning and on academic integrity. From 2009-2011, Dr Gray led the ALTC priority project, Web 2.0 Authoring tools in higher education learning and teaching: New Directions for assessment and academic integrity. She also currently researching the Internet as a source of health information for patients, carers and consumers, and the implications for learning and teaching professional practice in clinical professions.


Dr Fiona Henderson (Victoria University)
is a Senior Lecturer in Academic Language and Learning (ALL) & Manager, Academic Support and Development, Victoria University. She was a co-researcher and author of VU’s Australian Vice Chancellor’s Committee (AVCC) grant Improving Language and Learning Support for Offshore Students in 2005. She was a senior team member in the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) funded Academic Literacy Project, Investigating the efficacy of culturally specific academic literacy and academic honesty resources for Chinese students. She has led VU’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference with Chinese partner institutions in China, and was the Project co-leader of the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) funded project Working from the Centre: supporting unit/course co-ordinators to implement academic integrity policies, resources and scholarship. Fiona received a Carrick Citation in 2007, a Victoria University College Award in 2011 and a VC Citation in 2012.


Mr Richard Lamb (University of South Australia)
is the Manager: Learning and Teaching Systems, as part of Information Strategy and Technology Services at the University of South Australia. He is passionate about the field of learning analytics, and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of an interactive dashboard to monitor student engagement and alert teachers to students that may be at risk. Focussing on user interface and empowering students through the use of self-service and learning information, Richard has designed and project managed many significant software solutions at UniSA over the last 10 years, receiving multiple Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Professional Staff Excellence. Richard is also interested in the role of technology in learning and teaching and the way that digital technologies impact on all aspects of student learning, engagement and assessment. In 2015 Richard made a significant contribution to the UniSA Business School Working Group on Academic Integrity.


Dr Thomas Lancaster (Coventry University, UK)
is a Principal Lecturer at Coventry University, where he leads course marketing and student recruitment within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics. Previously he lead the Computing Science teaching provision at Birmingham City University. He has been a researcher in contract cheating and plagiarism for over 15 years, stemming from his PhD looking at the technical and human aspects of plagiarism detection. Along with his colleague, Robert Clarke, Thomas originated the term ‘contract cheating’, to describe students paying and using third parties to complete their work for them. The contract cheating research has led Thomas to numerous academic publications, media interviews, training delivery, keynote presentations and TV and radio appearances. Thomas also leads the Contract Cheating Special Interest Group for the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.


Dr Ann Rogerson (University of Wollongong)
is a Lecturer and Course Director at Sydney Business School, part of University of Wollongong. She teaches postgraduate organisational behaviour subjects, while her research focusses on interpersonal communication, and issues related to the detection and prevention of academic integrity issues. From a governance perspective, she designs and implements policies, and investigates allegations of academic integrity for onshore and offshore campuses. Dr Rogerson has presented her research on communication, assessment design and academic integrity issues at local and international conferences and has been interviewed by national and international media in relation to academic integrity. She has also contributed a chapter to the recently published Handbook of Academic Integrity (Springer).


Mr Dave Tomar
is author of The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat (Bloomsbury USA), a memoir that details Tomar’s decade as an academic ghostwriter and highlights the critical need for reform in higher education. In 2010, Tomar authored an article entitled “The Shadow Scholar” under the pseudonym Ed Dante. The article became the most-read in the history of the Chronicle of Higher Education and received special citation from the Education Writers Association. Tomar has written for The New York Times and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Tomar has also appeared on ABC World News, Nightline and The Today Show.


Professor Dominic Verity (Macquarie University) 
is a former Chair of the Academic Senate at Macquarie University. In that capacity he also serves as a member of Macquarie’s University Council, the overall governing body of the University. Dom is a passionate and engaging teacher of Computer Science and in 2008 his contributions in this area were recognised by the award of a Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2011 he gained national recognition for his work as an educator with the award of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning “For a decade of inspirational and innovative educational leadership in the field of information technology”.